UPDATED MARCH 28 2017 [GF DINER IS NOW CLOSED] VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES www.gfdiner.com
GF Diner has
been a great addition to the Celiac community in Edmonton since it opened. For anyone not familiar with GF Diner, here
is a little bit of back story. Ted & Chris Wolff opened GF Diner located at
10015-82 Avenue Edmonton in order to create a 100% Gluten Free dining
experience and adjoining retail store.
endeavored to continue adding delicious fresh baked goods and frozen entrees
all made in house to their list. They also sell various gluten free pre-packed
items from other companies in the retail store. I encourage everyone to check
them out. They informed us that they are changing the store front somewhat more
into a bakery and Take out retail section.
Which is excellent news, since their bakery and ready to go meals are
of cupcakes are made daily (changing daily) in house and sold in the store including:
Raspberry Chocolate with Raspberry Buttercream
Celebration Chocolate with Chocolate Buttercream
Celebration Chocolate with Vanilla Buttercream
Celebration Vanilla with Chocolate Buttercream
Celebration Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream
Cherry Chocolate with Cherry Buttercream
Lemon Poppy seed with Lemon Buttercream
Chocolate with Cookies & Cream Buttercream
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
Key Lime with Key Lime Buttercream
We were told
that a specific flavor may be pre ordered in quantities of a ½ dozen or more.
GF Diner offers daily
baked breads and buns, which are also available frozen. They typically bake for
the day only. They also make Artesian Sourdough style breads & buns that
require no toasting as well as country style and multi-seed handcrafted breads,
reminiscent of old world sourdoughs contain no dairy or eggs though they do
contain soy & corn.
The team at GF Diner is in the process of adding some new specialty breads
including pumpernickel, cheese breads, poppy seed rolls, naan bread, focaccia
and soft pretzel buns.
cinnamon buns, fritters (varying daily), doughnuts and cookies and they are
looking to add pies, tortes, bars and quiches to name a few additions in the
mentioned GF Diner carries a variety of frozen entrees such as:
Beef Lasagna, Meatball stroganoff, Masala butter chicken,
Creamy chicken alfredo, Veggie lasagna, Baked mac n’ cheese, Beef & chicken
Enchiladas. As well as soups like cream of broccoli, mushroom or creamy potato
As some of you may recall, most recently GF Diner
introduced their own in house made pizzas; Egg free crust is available. On
Fridays & Saturdays from 4:00pm to close (7:30) they are available for take
out of eat in. During the rest of the week you can purchase premade frozen
pizza in the retail store.
I am certain there must be items that I am missing in
this list, so go and check out GF Diner located at 10015-82 Avenue and see for
For those not familiar, a kugel is the Jewish term for a bread pudding. Except kugel traditionally uses an egg noodle. But it is often hard to find gluten free egg noodle all year round.
With the launch of Catelli's new gluten free ready to bake lasagne noodle, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to put Catelli's noodles to the test. Catelli's gluten free pastas are made from a unique four-grain blend of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa. Catelli's gluten free pastas are available in Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne and Macaroni, and new Lasagne and Linguine. Catelli's Fusilli gluten free pasta has already become one of our favourite pasta's to use because its been easy to make and has been able to hold up well for lunches the next day. You can learn more about Catelli at www.catelli.ca.
So, why a lasagne noodle in place of an egg noodles? Egg noodles are usually wide, and a lasagne noodle can pretty much be cut to any width. So off I went experimenting with a family recipe to make a sweet kugel.
Sweet Cheese Kugel - Serves 8-10 (because you don't have kugel alone)
1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs or gluten free corn flake crumbs
Ignore the instructions on the box, because we aren't going to cook these like we would a lasagne. After all, we are innovating here. Fill a pot up with hot water and lay the noodles down to soak for 10 minutes or so to get a little soft so you can cut them. To be sure the noodles don't clump together to much, stir them around every couple minutes.
Cheese mix preparation
Blend the cream cheese and egg together using a food processor for about 20 seconds util smooth
Mix in the rest of the ingredients except for the bread crumbs and cinnamon.
After the mix is complete, it should be time to get the noodles ready. The noodles will be starchy, but that's okay. Take the noodles out and cut them the best you can into strips. You don't have to be perfect, because this is a pudding style meal anyways. You can grab a bunch of noodles and slice them all at once if it makes it easier. Just be sure to separate the stacked noodles.
Mix the cut up noodles, and cheese mix together, ensuring the noodles are drowning in the mix.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees to get ready for baking.
Cooking the kugel
This meal can be prepared two ways. In ramekins or in a large baking dish. We tested both successfully. This meal can also be prepared then frozen for a later date because the gluten free Catelli noodles hold up really well for this recipe.
Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish or ramekin's. If using a ramekin, pull noodle out of mix and place in ramekin, then poor mix over covering the noodle in the ramekin. It's okay to have some of the noodle exposed. If using baking dish, poor the entire mix in and evenly spread the noodles.
Top with bread crumbs and cinnamon. Place in oven for 1 hour or until golden brown.
PC has got into the gluten free pasta business. They actually have gotten into the gluten free fresh pasta business making three kinds, including a tortellini. This would be the first gluten free tortellini we have found.
Athough on the expensive side, the pasta holds up really well, and tastes really good too. We really recommend this tasty creation!
You can find these at super store locations where they sell their fresh pastas.
Browns Socialhouse is a modern pub style restaurant with a couple locations in Edmonton including one in Windermere at the Currents of Windermere and one in the west on Weber Ave. just west of West Edmonton Mall over the Henday.
We've only tried three gluten free options off their gluten free menu to date and have really enjoyed it. Browns does welcome families, however because the meals are not exactly kid friendly pricing, we recommend this as a date night.
Item #1 - Street Taco's! - So delicious and a great shareable menu item. This taco was just bursting in flavour.
#2 - Potato crusted halibut - This is a delicious pan seared halibut with a crispy potato crust. What you see in the picture below is one order split into two because we shared this dish. The servers just split the portion for us, which was kind of nice. It is served with their cowgirl salad and rice.
Item #3 - On a second visit back, Amanda tried the pad thai, which was a generous portion that was really tasty and full of flavour. Something I will probably order next time we go.
What's your favourite item off their gluten free menu?